24
Jul
13

What Does The Internet Do To Our Brains?

A week ago I wrote about removing myself from Facebook. It is part of a personal project to regain my humanity.

But what does the internet really do to us?

If you look around like me you would think we are coming to a world of hovering sloths akin to the people in Wall-E crossed with a world of Idiocracy and Atlas Shrugged politics.

I kind of agree with the genius autistic kid Jacob Barnett who’s parents were once told he would never talk yet has gone on to challenge Einstein on his theory of relativity and is on track for a Nobel Prize – you need to quit soaking up all the books and listening to what everyone tells you and start exploring and realizing the world around you on your own terms. Humans are amazing in what we can do but if we use things like the internet to use as an intellectual crutch then we will never be able to fully rationalize the world around us.

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Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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